- Sep 25, 2018
Hey, I bought fours hens that have raised scales most likely from leg mites except for one. Does anyone know a simple and effective method?
Scaly leg mites are more common in older or debilitated birds, and in most flocks there might be one or two with them while others’ leg are pristine. If you are seeing raised scales, then you have leg mites. Apply a thick oil to the legs once a week rubbing into the scales. Initially unless it is cold weather, a gentle scrub in soapy water will loosen them to accept the oil. Castor oil and crisco shortening are my favorites, but many use Nustock, vaseline, coconut oil and others. Here is a link to read for pictures:How do you know they're scaly leg mites and not just old crusty chicken legs? I have a buff orpington but have no idea her age. Her legs look scaly but the other two hens in the coop look fine, no sign of scaliness. How do I know if I should subject her to a wash down and treatment (she's a super skittish chicken!).
Can you post some pics?Hey, I bought fours hens that have raised scales most likely from leg mites except for one. Does anyone know a simple and effective method?
If it is scaly leg mite then a mixture of Vaseline and Betadine gel, 75%-25% liberally applied to the legs over a few nights when they go to roost will suffocate the mites. However, the mites lay eggs under the scales and these will hatch later and reinfect the legs. I coat with Vasaline for three to five days, leave for two weeks and repeat.Hey, I bought fours hens that have raised scales most likely from leg mites except for one. Does anyone know a simple and effective method?
Cocnut oil is something I use on my animals, but never tried it on my chickens. I would think any natural, food grade, cooking oil would be best, but I would make sure it is safe for chickens first. I still stand by olive oil. You can use the cheap store brand one and it will have the same effect. Canola oil could be used too. Whatever has a good viscosity and will suffocate the mites. Good luck healing your birds!